I DO NOT LIKE to write about Donald Trump.
Actually, I do not like to even think about Donald Trump. He knows little about much, but believes he knows much about everything.
He is a very bad President, both in policy and character.
He recently said four congresswomen of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds should go back to the countries where they were born, ignorant of the fact that three were born in the United States. The fourth, like Trump’s mother and grandparents, is a naturalized American citizen.
I suspect he thinks they are not “real” Americans due to their ethnicity.
Meanwhile, the treatment of people who desperately want to live in the United States because they want safety and security for their families is shameful. These are people who are willing to work the jobs no one else wants at wages “real Americans” wouldn’t accept — which is what the ancestors of so many of us did.
I guess Trump missed the part of American history about how generations of American immigrants helped build this country.
There are so many things wrong with this administration it is difficult to list everything. How many of us even remember that three cabinet secretaries resigned over ethics investigations in less than 2 years?
How many of us know about the gross incompetence of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the management of a program mandated by law to provide student loan debt forgiveness to college graduates who enter public service instead of more lucrative private-sector employment?
Or the proposed wholesale gutting of clean air standards that even the automobile industry says goes too far?
Or the proposed rule that would eviscerate the Clean Water Act by removing 51% — yes, more than half — of the country’s wetlands from federal protection?
What the Trump administration is doing to this country is not only wrong, it is disheartening.
In the past few weeks, I have made an effort to go hear Democratic presidential candidates. It cheers me up in these Trumpian times.
Over the weekend, for example, I attended an event where Sen. Cory Booker spoke about the need for civic grace in our country, and the need to bring people together.
Listening to him talk about doing better when we help each other is inspirational.
Later that same day, Beto O’Rourke talked to a group of Manchester Democrats at our annual picnic (he brought pasta salad).
He spoke calmly but strongly about what is wrong with Trump’s immigration crackdown and how putting people in cages is wrong for us as a nation.
Earlier in the week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appeared at Politics & Eggs at the St. Anselm Institute of Politics.
She asked us to imagine what it would be like to have a working mom in the White House instead of a misogynist.
Her command of issues was outstanding.
In the couple of weeks before that, I also saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Warren is the opposite of Trump — she knows much about a lot. She also can fire up a crowd without insulting or demeaning anyone, unlike the President.
Klobuchar also spoke at Politics & Eggs. She talked about the role that her infrastructure package would have in addressing climate change (something Trump’s policies will make worse). She described how her grandfather and mother were children of immigrants.
Every one of these Democratic candidates is an American patriot. They are fundamentally decent individuals who has thought deeply and seriously about the issues facing the United States. They all have specific plans to address those issues, including how to pay for them. As importantly, they represent the ideals of the country’s founders.
Donald Trump could learn a lot from them.
If you need an antidote to Donald Trump, go see our Democratic candidates; they are the cure we and the country need.
Manchester’s Kathy Sullivan is the former chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.